Join our Advisory Board!
And Other Stories is a UK- and US-based publisher of international literary writing. We are relaunching an advisory board to reflect our needs and goals as we develop, and aim to take on four new members.
This year sees us make good on our dual UK & US home territories model with a growth of our US office team, and we’re also planning to increase the variety of our list and continue to plan an exciting direct-to-reader project. Long-term, we hope to continue to be part of change in publishing, through everything from the kind of adventurous writing we publish to initiatives to improve inclusivity and sustainability.
Our current board members are listed under ‘Board Members’ here.
Unlike a charity’s board of trustees, the advisory board has no legal responsibilities in terms of governance, but board members have the opportunity to see their help and guidance benefit the press, and to see how an independent publisher works from the inside. And Other Stories grew out of a series of open brainstorming meetings and we hope the advisory board will also be a place for creative discussion. However, it’s worth stating that the board is not involved in choosing our future books. (That happens in meetings with our contributing editors, and also informally via suggestions from our network of expert readers and our reading groups.)
We welcome applicants who will be critical friends of the press, including speaking out where they think things aren’t working, rather than just saying what we want to hear. We are looking for people who have experience in:
- consumer (including subscriptions) & book trade marketing
- reaching marginalised (communities of) readers and authors
- book product design
- book sales & bookselling
- publishing narrative non-fiction and poetry
- magazine publishing
- delivering and/or receiving subscription services
- the media
- the related arts sectors, eg the music industry
We are particularly keen to create more balance on the board, including (but not only) more members:
- in the US
- from marginalised backgrounds and communities
- aged 18-30
And Other Stories has always been about inclusivity and opening up publishing and we welcome applicants who have no prior board experience. If you’re interested in being on the board, but have not had previous experience in this type of role we can offer a full introduction to what the role entails as part of an induction process. We also offer ‘board buddying’ to help settle new members into the role during the first year.
Being a board member
And Other Stories’ team, contributing editors and advisors live in various locations and countries and are all invited to attend advisory board meetings. The board meetings will be online, at a time that suits all, eg 3pm UK time / 10am New York time.
Board meetings take place three times per year and members are expected to attend the majority of meetings, to follow and read some of the books we publish, and to participate outside the meetings according to expertise.
The post is not a remunerated position. Members are recruited for an initial 3 years, but we are willing to consider 1-year initial memberships, where candidates know they have big changes coming. Membership can be reviewed after 3 years of service and trustees can be re-appointed. Members can resign at any time.
Our recruitment process
Our process for appointing new members begins with an open call for applications. Submissions are then reviewed by the advisory board and publisher, who then shortlist candidates against an agreed set of criteria of skills and experience (as outlined below). Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to an online interview. Final decisions will be made on merit.
Our aim is to make the recruitment as open and accountable as possible. The following are taken into consideration when identifying needs:
- The current skills base and balance of the board
- New skills and expertise identified as desirable for the company
- The geographical make-up of the board as it relates to our work
- The balance of diversity and gender equality on the board
How to apply
If this sounds like an exciting prospect for you, please send a covering letter and biography or CV/resume stating what you feel that you can bring to the role to Stefan Tobler, publisher, firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line Board Application.
If you have questions, Stefan would be happy to hear from you.
- Sunday 27 September 2020: Deadline for applications (end of day)
- Wednesday 14 October: Candidates notified
- Tuesday 20 October: Interviews with invited applicants
- November or December: New members’ first board meeting